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Nix Indexing

by Bob20Midview / February 10, 2007 6:42 AM PST

I'm running Windows XP Home SP2 and read an article in a PC magazine regarding stopping or reducing the frequency that the Indexing Service performs.
The article states that a home user like myself could stop it or reduce the continuous searching and cataloging which can potentially bog down a slower computer system and cause unnecessary wear and tear on the hard drive.

Also, if it is reduced or stopped, will a download take longer to install?

I would like everyone to give me your opinion or thoughts on this matter.
Thanks, Bob

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As the article implys, if anything
by Ray Harinec / February 10, 2007 7:24 AM PST
In reply to: Nix Indexing

the Indexing will slow things down, not speed things up [unless you are searching for a prior item].

This subject has been mentioned for removal by Robert Proffitt and others in numerous threads in these forums.

I do so little with my systems that I have no opinion, I simply disabled it when many magazines said the same when XP first came out years ago.

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Same here.
by caktus / February 10, 2007 1:13 PM PST

Seems to slow things down a bit. Been better off with it disabled.

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I agree.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 10, 2007 6:09 PM PST
In reply to: Same here.

Indexing is a tool that allows for faster searching of files on the hard drive. Initially indexing takes up a lot of background cpu time as the system indexes all of the files. This can take many days/weeks. Once the major indexing is complete, then the time taking by the background service is less. It indexes the "contents and properties" of files, so that, for instance, if you are looking for all documents on your hard drive that contain certain phrases, Indexing Service helps find them faster.

But most files do not need indexing. They are system files that you will most probably never need to find. For the rest, unless you have 1000's of music/images/videos/documents and you do not have a system for saving files in specific locations, then the service is pretty much a waste of time in my view.

My Indexing Service is disabled.


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Mark, a ?
by caktus / February 11, 2007 4:58 AM PST
In reply to: I agree.

I'm curious as to weather indexing ties up any memory. Thoughts?


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Good question.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 6:57 PM PST
In reply to: Mark, a ?

Indexing is a service and runs in the background. I believe it's priority is low, so it will not take up much cpu time, and I don't suppose much RAM is needed.

To be honest, I don't know much about it other than what has been said in these forums and the odd article I have read about it.


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(NT) Thanks for the info.
by caktus / February 12, 2007 4:08 AM PST
In reply to: Good question.
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Mark. Found some info on it....
by caktus / February 13, 2007 6:36 AM PST
In reply to: Good question.

That it consumes a lot (whatever a lot is) of the Paging file. Sorry, lost the link.


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So that's virtual RAM then.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 13, 2007 7:30 AM PST

It seems strange though, because I thought of the paging file as a temporary resource or "spill-over" for RAM. Unless there is a specific way for Indexing to access the PF without using RAM.



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reply to: So
by caktus / February 13, 2007 2:08 PM PST

Could just be bad info. Apparently the page seemed so insignificant that I didn't bother to save it. I'll try to find it again. But I guess indexing would require [some] type of memory hub. If I'm thinking right and that may be a big if, to index a single file may require a hand-full of bits of memory to assign the file an address when each address reserves four KB's. So, it seems indexing would require a pretty good swatch of memory.

And as I mentioned, "that may be a big if".

Correct me if I'm wrong (there's that if again Wink ) doesn't some indexing occur while the files are in use and in RAM. And couldn't the indexing service be pulling files into memory during the indexing process, though perhaps at a low priority?


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Found it.
by caktus / February 13, 2007 2:38 PM PST
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Ahh, very interesting
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 13, 2007 7:36 PM PST
In reply to: Found it.

Yes that's very good.

I'm sure you're right that some physical RAM must be used, but it seems clear that the PF is paramount in the Indexing Service.

It was interesting the note about Office XP. I've never used Office XP's Search feature and mine shows that Indexing Service is disabled.

Thanks for that.


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RE: about Office XP
by caktus / February 14, 2007 3:51 AM PST
In reply to: Ahh, very interesting

Not familiar with Office XP, but by the link to
it sounds like Office XP has two entirely different features to perform [supposedly] fast searching. Unlike MS to just hand things out all willy-nilly. Happy


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